- # 82571 pts - Scout: bartadamleybartadamley23 hours ago
Composable identity approaches identity as inherently relational, providing modular tools for individuals, groups, and organizations to present themselves within technical systems.
Very strange, yet powerful to think of how the dominant technologies of a given time transform the ways in which we view how we relate to the world.
So with the inevitable shift of Web2 identity dominance onto a day of Web3 pseudonymity, what does this even look like?
- # 29943 pts - Scout: bartadamley
- # 45600 pts - Scout: bartadamleybartadamley5 days ago
This is a piece directly entrenched in Bitcoin (long-term holding) culture.
I always wondered what HODL meant, lol quite an interesting read to say the least.
It has me extremely curious what a future world looks like where we have a bunch of anon crypto millionaires who do nothing to flaunt their wealth. Except for perhaps purchasing an NFT. Or yet again buying more crypto.
dystopia or utopia?
- # 121137 pts - Scout: Pegeenbartadamley6 days ago
Readup has become so commonplace in my life for online reading bypassing advertisements of all sorts... I still often wonder how the heck people can do any meaningful online reading with ad interruptions.
"Readup is the first and only subscription platform to use the read as a basis for writer compensation. This is revolutionary, and absolutely crucial to the simplicity and clarity of our subscription model."
Seeing my first month's impact with a $4.99 a month subscription was well worth it. A future in which there is less disparate "paywalled substacks" for example, and more online availability to talented writers (who will now be rightly compensated) for excellent writing is what I am excited for.
It was a very cool thing to see that first month's impact rightfully monetizing the authors I read most, and I am eager to see the future of the internet in which Readup will help pave.
Goodbye Web 2 and hello Web 2.5. Readup is a great product to bootstrap our way to Web3. Web3: an internet that is built around revolutionizing agreements and value exchange.
- # 88236 pts - Scout: bartadamley
As a direct result of blockchain-based tokens, Internet tribes are emerging that some people feel more connected to than the city, state, or country that they physically live in.
I am so curious to see the dynamic that could then play out, if cities were to integrate a token into their existence?
Would this better incentivize people to get involved within their localities? As if you help out your city by volunteering to pick up trash for example or plant trees. This would then in the future drive up the value of your token "skin-in-the-game" locally.
- # 87245 pts - Scout: bartadamley
- # 65364 pts - Scout: bartadamley
It’s worth reiterating: the way you’re working from home now is not the way you’ll be able to work from home post-pandemic.
Time to embrace your locality! The full-out return to coffee shops, coworking spaces, libraries and so on... will be really interesting to watch.
I frankly think that not only remote work will blow up, but these gathering places (third places) will become immensely popular. Keep your eyes peeled on this development.
Here's some writing I did last Thursday on this exact topic.
Will have to check out Anne Helen's new book!
- AOTD on 6/9/21 - Scout: bartadamley
The more weird your old pre-Covid news feed feels, the farther into the future you’ve leaped.
I think of the leaps and bounds my post-Covid feed has taken in comparison to my pre-Covid feed looks. Oddly enough, I think my relationship to my time online was more negative than it was until the Post-Covid age. . .
Perhaps because I found myself immersed in the dogged days of Web 2.0 being utterly upset by Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for example and their roles in society.
However, being an optimist, finding a ton of great articles/texts on all things related to Web 3.0, cryptocurrencies, NFTs, DAOs and so on.. I feel my relationship to my time online, as well as the opportunities in which I am now seeking to be more futuristic as well as optimistic.
I think we will all look back at this time in history and recognize that there ares some fundamental lessons we have learned about ourselves, society and so on.
- AOTD on 6/8/21 - Scout: bartadamley
Super interesting article making a very convincing case for bitcoin. Especially as it relates to those involved in an unstable monetary system.
Anyone with access to the internet can now participate in Bitcoin, a new money system with equal rules for all participants, running on a network that does not censor or discriminate, used by individuals who do not need to show a passport or an ID and held by citizens in a way that is hard to confiscate and impossible to debase.
He said his penny drop moment actually came when he was at the airport in Addis last summer. As he was boarding the plane, he stood and wondered: If I had my wealth stored in gold or cattle, how could I take it across a border?
- # 18743 pts - Scout: bartadamley
Yet again. So much terminology to uncover within the cryptocurrency/ decentralized finance space. This article is another great example.
- Decentralized Finance (DeFi) is a new open financial market where anyone can participate in providing financial services that do not discriminate against anyone. In DeFi, anyone can be a liquidity provider and earn fees as a reward.
In this article you can get a beginner's education to what APR, APY as well as yield farming is.
Safe to say, this may be the future of finance. And yet coming at it from my very beginner's perspective, it is disturbing to realize how little I actually know about "finance" given my college education.
This makes me totally understand the "financial literacy" advocates to say the least.
- # 19140 pts - Scout: DellwoodBarker
Just this past Thursday, I released BARTYDARTY VOLUME 06 my sixth monthly iteration of a monthly mix I put out on SoundCloud.
Somehow someway, over the past 4 days, I received an astounding 3,000 + plays on my mix. So I wanted to share within the Readup community what I have been working on.
Here is my forewarning.
WARNING: THESE TRACKS COMBINED TOGETHER ARE INCREDIBLY FUNKY, YOUR BODY WILL BE MOVING BY THE VERY END. THIS IS A GUARANTEE.
Give it a listen if you get the chance today. Have a great start to your month of June :)
- AOTD on 6/1/21 - Scout: bartadamley
Come wander down the crypto rabbit hole and you will find DAOs to be one of the most fascinatingly complex things.
Over time, we will undoubtedly come up with better definitions. But here in this post, Vitalik Buterin (co-founder of Ethereum) does a great job in starting the conversation.
The ideal of Decentralized Autonomous Organizations is easy to describe: it is an entity that lives on the internet and exists autonomously, but also heavily relies on hiring individuals to perform certain tasks that the automaton itself cannot do.
- # 16766 pts - Scout: bartadamley
Is BitClout a scam or genius?
I have to admit I’m torn between the two a bit. I think getting directly involved is more of the way to go with it.
The part that confuses me a bit is the social media-like functionality of BitClout. This is why I have chose to list myself on IdeaMarket, as it is built as a supplement to the pre-dominant social media sites.
Check out https://ideamarket.io/ and search for @bartadamley. You can find my listing there.
I will admit the future funding of projects empowered by a business model created by platforms like IdeaMarket & BitClout... is inspiring yet dystopian.
I think the bottom line is: with social media the way it stands right now... all the power is in the advertisers hand, and frankly Web3 offers us the opportunity to switch this paradigm. Power to the creators and the early “token holders” of these creators.
I think the incentives that can be built off of the back of this tokenization idea, is the most exciting part. For example, to my top 5 token holders, I would write them a song for example by a certain date. For another example, they could get free front-row ticket to all shows.
This is all just speculation, but if you haven’t heard of BitClout or IdeaMarket (the ideas are quite similar) I advise you to study these. This may just end up being the future of the internet. For good or ill.
- # 16271 pts - Scout: bartadamley
- # 20834 pts - Scout: bartadamley
Multiple streams of income would be ideal right? This article does a good job in explaining how & why this can be a nice thing.
A new term I learned from this article: lifestyle creep.
Lifestyle creep: the phenomenon where discretionary consumption increases on non-essential items as the standard of living improves.
- # 18743 pts - Scout: bartadamley
Studying more and more into how NFTs being implemented on the Ethereum Blockchain are going to effect the ways in which we organize ourselves on a societal level.
This quote really summarizes this piece well.
If you can compensate each person for their exact contribution, you don't need to pay everyone the same salary. And if every person gets paid for their contribution, those who are particularly productive or innovative will get paid more than ever. And those who aren't will no longer have a stable salary.
- # 20834 pts - Scout: bartadamley
I think the best way to view Ethereum is not just as currency, but as an enabler of a completely different way to organize online life and behavior.
This is the exact reason why I am way more excited about Ethereum versus Bitcoin is that I have actively joined and experimented with tokenized communities that are built off of its protocols.
Whereas with Bitcoin due to its aspirations of becoming "Digital Gold" it inherently will be a more "boring" cryptocurrency.
All be it, this is coming from a cryptocurrency experience of about 2 months from myself so far. So yes, I am a normie that has been ETH-Pilled lol
- # 25223 pts - Scout: bartadamley
We are only on the surface of grasping what this new-found ability of everyone being able to publish as an individual. I'm with Rushkoff in the belief of the internet enabling an entirely new renaissance.
The renaissance got its own new media, too: the printing press, which distributed the written word to everyone. We got the computer and the internet, which distribute the power of publishing to everyone.
One example I think of is the intersection between Craft Guilds from the Renaissance and how it is quite akin to what we are now seeing with DAO's. What other previous forms will be brought forth due to the newly made available tech stack we are working with?
- # 19937 pts - Scout: bartadamleybartadamley4 weeks ago
Honestly, I am just trying to understand more about cryptocurrencies writ-large.
Any time I come across a term I don’t understand... this concurrently leads me down another rabbit hole, as I seek to uncover that definition.
This article, led me to more questions. So I consider it helpful.
Keep your eyes peeled on tokenized equities, especially as it relates to not only individuals.. but also corporate enterprises.
This new media structure will be wholly owned by the creators, operators and consumers themselves.
It's very hard to renovate a business, especially one that hasn't been built on the criteria for the new era.
Adapting a business to this model simply won't be feasible, due to the entrenched model for monetization... i.e, you are going to have a really hard time pitching to investors to switch to a "ownership model"
Tokenization.. a very intriguing concept as not only can individuals now tokenize themselves via platforms such as Ideamarket, but also companies are looking to get into this game as well.
Given that tokens are digital, what do token buyers actually buy? The essence of what they buy is a private key. Your private key grants you access to the digital token stored on a decentralized blockchain database like Ethereum or Bitcoin.
Good read for those trying to understand some of the fundamentals of tokenization.
Left with more questions than answers. Yet, this is what keeps happening with any of my research involving crypto.
Double-down on building folks, there has never been a better time for it!
That was arguably the key to it all: that founding something became possible at relatively low cost. And it is now possible to found a community, a company, or even a currency from your labtop.
- -0 pts - Scout: deephdave
McLuhan's "Rear View Mirror" concept is one that has always befuddled me. However, this may be the quote that finally strikes my understanding of this terminology.
Man is only consciously aware of the environment that has preceded it; in other words, an environment becomes fully visible only when it has been superseded by a new environment; thus we are always one step behind in our view of the world.
Being that we are always one step behind in our view of the world... the latest "innovations" that we become aware of only come from the era before us, just brought about in a different way. Like "Uber" being the Taxi service just over a smartphone instead. Like "Netflix" being the equivalent of "Blockbuster" just in the digital age...
However, this view of technological forms in the "Rear View Mirror" not only brings forward entrepreneurial opportunities for us to seek out and replicate it also handicaps us. As with the coming age brought forth by the internet, and whatever revolutionary technologies that will be built on top of it may catch us by the wayside if we stay stuck in the "previous mindset".
The new technological environments generate the most pain among those least prepared to alter their old value structures.
I think this quote really resonates me as I seek to uncover more and more about what Web 3.0 entails... especially as it relates to how we make agreements and exchange values.
All in all, mind-blowing read especially given the time it was written in. Viewing technology from a media ecological perspective is a worthwhile rabbithole.
Understanding this dichotomy of founding vs. inheriting, is something I find myself more in tune with, as I seek to build out my own body of work.
You can win an election, inherit an institution, and get all the backlinks at once. Or you can found something, build it up from scratch and get the backlinks over time."
This quote probes at the idea of the commitment that comes with founding something versus inheriting.
As the longer you work at something, and consistently iterating, the more credibility you build.
This makes me reflect on how, being an online "creator," one has to recognize the perpetual grind, yet credibility you build over a certain amount of time.
In the span of the last 3-4 months I have written 13 newsletters, soon to publish my 14th tomorrow.
While also concurrently, putting out a monthly BARTYDARTY mix. I have published 7 mixes so far. And this is just the tip of the iceberg.
Being in it for the long haul when it comes to your self-assigned commitments, is what it takes to be a founder, rather than an inheritor.
Cheers to the founders out there doing their thing!
- -0 pts - Scout: Jessica
Balaji yet again with some striking takes, on the future of how humanity will organize, using the latest technological tools at our disposal.
The twist is that our version is a [[Reverse Diaspora]]... a community that forms first on the internet, builds a culture online, and only then comes together in person to build dwellings and structures.
This is such an intriguing take, as Balaji has stated the issue with a lot of societal problems, is that we merely inherit the infrastructures given to us before... and work to fix these... Rather than innovate and found a new company, new city, etc... to solve the issues.
Thinking of each physical outpost inspired by the digital community, can be thought of as a [[Cloud Embassy]]. As new recruits can come to either the virtual or physical environment, beta test, and decide to leave or stay."
Now the real question is what "countries" are currently fermenting online... and how soon does this future arrive? As we see the power of how something is deemed legitimate once there is enough mutual coordination and support, as we have seen with the prolific rise of Bitcoin and Ethereum as a currency for example.
All in all, great read! Very intriguing one to start the week to say the least.
Not only is RAC one of my favorite artists due to this unique sound, but I have also been thoroughly impressed by his ability to really innovate in the "NFT" space.
‘How do I make something [digital] that is made for that experience?' That’s how we landed in that 30 to 45 second loop, where you can get the experience and keep scrolling away if you want."
Experimenting with a 30-45 second long loop for a "virtual cover" of a song is the future of covers, especially as it applies to streaming. I have found myself completely engrossed by some of the artwork like this on Spotify, so it is cool to hear the thought process behind this.
"It's completely undefined right now," he says. "That's my favorite place to be, because then you actually have a say." He could go on, of course, but Anjos has to jump. He’s late for his next NFT Zoom.
It all started from him deciding to go independent, giving him the ability to experiment along these lines... in the NFT game.
Are NFT's the solution to the "starving artists" problem? I think it'll be very curious to see how this plays out in the coming future.
I may even have to dabble along these lines as an artist myself. Stay tuned!
People thought it was one big record – that’s how flawless and seamless his mixes were. I told him, ‘Can you make me a cassette? I want you to be on the radio.’
Oh man. This just makes me so eager to listen to more & more mixes out there, and become an absolute student of this. It gets me eager to make more mixes, as well. Having made and releasing 6 "publicly" has already made me improve quite much, and I am excited to see where it takes me in the coming future.
https://soundcloud.com/bartadamley/bartydarty-vol-5 here's my newest one for anyone interested :)
“For my part, I was just opening up and sharing my crazy musical tastes with people,” he says. “And it just so happened that it was concurrent with the rise of Detroit Techno, Chicago House, Belgian New Beat, England’s ‘Summer of Love,’ the coming of ‘raves’ to Detroit, and many other movements and forms.”
What an exciting time this must have been. I am completely unfamiliar with the Chicago House scene, but I could see this being a fruitful learning endeavor. It is so important to understand the history of the area in which you are trying to immerse yourself in!
Nowadays, stumbling across a non-top 40 techno or house mix on air is a rare find – like searching for a needle in a haystack.
This is a unique way of posing the question of what makes a good DJ? Playing the music everyone already knows and likes, or playing the music that has the chance to be a flop or an absolute success?
I prefer the latter. I think helping others discover the love of a new track they have never heard before is one of the most powerful things one can do.
I came across this Derrick May quote last night:
"Life is life."
"Rhythm is Rhythm."
Interpret this however you like. This research has only just begun . . . .
Fascinating to learn of the birth of Techno in Detroit. 1981 the start of it all.
In Detroit, 1981 was an exciting time of change and evolution musically. The disco scene had morphed into New Wave/progressive, and it was also the year techno emerged.
Amazing to hear of the innovations while being on the radio of all places... kinda bums me out I was unable to really relish in the true glories of the radio age, as we are now fully immersed into the days of streaming.
Called MFA for short, the Midnight Funk Association came complete with a special member’s card for devoted fans. “In the metro Detroit area, there are thousands… and more about to join now,” Mojo would croon at the beginning of the segment. “Will the members of the Midnight Funk Association please rise?”
I think creating something tangible such as a "members card" makes the experience of being a part of a clique of like-minded individuals much more meaningful. Especially as it relates to now, building a "following" online.
This is why diving into the archives of the way Dance Music/Techno spread in the city of Detroit is an absolute enjoyable learning experience.
What innovations did they have back in the day, that we could then repurpose to fit the present times? This is what has me absolutely curious, and why I will continue going down this rabbithole.
This is a fascinating account of some historical context of the roots of techno music specifically as it relates to the city of Detroit.
"It was interesting because it was that post, end of the disco era, so you still had light beacons, a disco ball, flashes and fog going on, everybody dressed up all crazy."
^Love all of these elements talked about above. The atmosphere plays such a critical role in having a great time.
Since I am trying to be legitimate in this realm, it is critical for me to understand the history!
Collier helped bring Detroit’s dance community even closer and facilitated friendship and social networking rather than rivalry amongst the DJs.
As I was saying in the previous article I read today [Software is Reorganizing the World] (https://readup.com/comments/wired/software-is-reorganizing-the-world/zZ7bmD), taking advantage of the technological wonders we have for easily reaching out to people locally. This is probably the easiest it has ever been to start a community. Metro Detroit DJ's galore, haha I'll have to think of a cool name for the community.
The future of technology is not really location-based apps; it is about making location completely unimportant.
I really appreciate Balaji's unique perspective on how software is going to fundamentally reorganize how humans come together, and how it already has. Crazy that this piece is from 2012, so I am sure there are plenty more statistics the author could chose to include in support of how software is reorganizing how humans are organizing themselves.
Now... I am curious a world that is less concerned about: location, location, location.. and pivoted to a world more concerned with: connections, connections, connections. How does one establish a middle ground in between these two realms? As fundamentally, this is what I believe a Post-Covid World looks like. Creating an organization that can handle a "hybrid" approach, while not forgetting what it is that makes "online" work so well versus an "offline" approach.
As some decide to double-down on fully embracing the "digital life" whereas, others may cling to their previous ways of operating locally, returning to the office, schools in-person and so on.
This has me curious about forming communities locally, dedicated to the things that I am interested in, and spreading the love of (House Music) for example locally, in an area historically which is very House-Centric... in Detroit. Yet, in a world where we do have many technological tools at our disposal, I would love to make these connections beforehand. Building and or finding if this community exists, will have to be my next self-assigned homework assignment.
Read this text, and apply it to your life. There are opportunities everywhere!